You really can have that lifting staircase in your own home without the creepy Munster décor. This one conceals another staircase to a lower level. This is a lot more interesting than a coat closet. I just don't know how I would keep it a secret, because I would want to show it to everyone.
This wine cellar has a bounty of storage out in plain view. However ...
... the really valuable vintages get stashed in a second wine cellar revealed when this entire storage wall opens up. Great idea to use a wine cellar to hide your wine cellar.
In the movies, we often see a wall safe hidden by art. What about using art to hide things that just aren't that pretty to look at? Framed movie posters can be the perfect way to hide AV components and that collection of DVDs.
I began thinking about this when one of my clients requested a hidden room for guns. The client wanted to be sure the guns were secure and hidden in case of a burglary. If what you are hiding is dangerous, put it behind a heavy-duty door that can be locked. The lock is important in case someone discovers your secret spot, but the hidden access behind a bookcase keeps people from even thinking that there might be something back there.
This photo and the next three show a wall with sliding panels that seem to be as much for aesthetic appeal as they are for hiding storage compartments and the entrance to a bedroom.
The ladder rolls all along the wall for access to upper storage. The wall panel on the left has rolled back to reveal storage. The decorative metal panel slides to the right to show another door behind it.
When the white wall panel to the left is open to reveal the storage, it is hiding the office.
A bedroom is behind the decorative metal panel and a white door. A real sense of privacy is created when the bedroom entrance is behind two layers.
The best way to hide the entrance to a room is to keep people from suspecting it is there in the first place. This paneling on the whole wall on both sides of the fireplace looks like a normal wall treatment in an upscale home.
These doors aren't actually hidden, since they have handles. But if they were used with the hardware shown in the previous photo instead, people would never guess that they aren't solid walls, because they go floor to ceiling and the wood is continued in paneling around the room.
Instead of concealing a door within a wall, how about making the entire wall the entrance? You would think this is the end wall of a niche, but the entire wall slides back to reveal a great little sitting room. It gives a whole new meaning to the thought of a hideaway.
Using bookcases is by far the number-one way that a hidden room is concealed. I think this works best when you have a library or an office with several bookcases lined up so that nothing looks out of place or leads people to suspect a hidden door. But how do you make a recessed bookcase swing open? Read on.
Here is the hardware you need to make a recessed bookcase glide forward and then swing to the side.
A display case is a little less likely to arouse suspicion. Use museum wax to secure objects to the shelves.
Back again to the idea of all that usable space under the stairs. You don't have to hide an entire room; drawers under the risers are a great idea. And if you just remove the noticeable handle ...
... and use a small piece of almost-hidden pull or push latch hardware, then you have a handy secret compartment — a great idea, even if it's just for hiding shoes.
The compartments under this stairway could be completely secret without the pulls. Again, push latch hardware would do the trick.